Yahoo responds on Index Size, Stands by number

Yesterday, John Battelle said he’d talked to Google engineers who claimed to be confused by Yahoo’s claim of a 19.2 billion page index. Today he updates with Yahoo’s response and points out that it is quite possible indeed.

He also notes that while Google’s front page still reads 8 billion, that number is over a year old. Since we know that Google hasn’t stopped indexing that span of time, it’s not absurd to think that, particularly with the influx of pages following Google Sitemaps, Google’s 8 billion number is very out of date and very much under reporting their index size.

And so it goes.

Susan Esparza is former managing editor at Bruce Clay, Inc., and has written extensively for clients and internal publications. Along with Bruce Clay, she is co-author of the first edition of Search Engine Optimization All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies.
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